Man allegedly tries to flee police while being arrested after domestic dispute |

Man allegedly tries to flee police while being arrested after domestic dispute

A local man who was being arrested after a domestic dispute allegedly compounded his problems by trying to get away from law enforcement Monday evening. Joshua Michael Kerley, 36, ended up being booked into county jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.

Nevada County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 12000 block of Hallwood Place at about 8:45 p.m. after a woman called and reported her fiance was under the influence of a controlled substance and very violent, according to dispatch reports.

She said she fled the residence with her three children because he broke her phone and took her car keys.

The domestic dispute was over suspected drug use, said Capt. Jeff Pettitt, adding that Kerley started pushing and shoving the woman before throwing her phone and breaking it.

"He refused to let her leave," Pettitt said. "He threatened her life."

After deputies arrived and took statements from both parties, they attempted to take Kerley into custody.

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"He said, 'F- that,' and went in the house," Pettitt said. "He slammed the door on a deputy and tried to hold it shut."

Deputies eventually were able to enter the house and took Kerley into custody. One deputy reportedly sustained an abrasion to the right arm.

Kerley was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse, making criminal threats, resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, damaging a communication device and false imprisonment,

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